Drilling Holes in Glass by
Using a Drill Press
is part three of a multi-part tip on using a drill press to drill
holes in glass. Click here to go to part one.
Here are the main steps to drilling a hole in glass using a
1. First, gather the necessary equipment and supplies.
In addition to the drill press and the proper bits, you'll need a
shallow plastic container, a small piece of Ceramaguard or wood, and
some safety glasses.
2. Start by putting on the safety glasses. If you
have long hair, tie it back. Don't wear loose fitting clothes
or (especially loose sleeves), and avoid wearing dangling jewelry
or bracelets that could accidentally get caught on the drill press.
3. Place the Ceramaguard or wood piece in the container,
then fill it with water. Cool, clean water is best. The
purpose of the Ceramaguard or wood piece is to protect the bottom of
the container and also to help avoid cracking the glass when the bit
4. Put the drill bit in the drill press, then set the
container or water just below the bit. Most drill presses have
a ledge that can be adjusted to hold the container in place so that
your hands are free. In some cases you may need someone to
help hold the container still while you drill.
5. Set the piece of glass to be drilled in the
container, resting it on the piece of wood or Ceramaguard that's at
the bottom of the container. You want the water level to be
just above the top of the piece of glass.
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Copyright 2006 Brad Walker.
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Note: The process
described in the tip works best for items that are small enough to
fit in a shallow plastic container. Future tips will discuss
the necessary adjustments for drilling larger items.